Somalia versus Captain ‘Hook’: assessing the EU's security actorness in countering piracy off the Horn of Africa
Zwolski, Kamil and Kaunert, Christian (2012) Somalia versus Captain ‘Hook’: assessing the EU's security actorness in countering piracy off the Horn of Africa. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 27, (3), 593-612. (doi:10.1080/09557571.2012.678295).
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An internal security problem of Somalia — state failure from internal conflict resulting in increased piracy — has increasingly become an external security problem for the European Union (EU). This article contributes to analysing the role of the EU as a security actor in countering piracy off the Horn of Africa, by examining three different dimensions of the EU response to this problem: (a) the immediate EU response (the EU military mission EUNAVFOR Atalanta); (b) the medium-term EU response (the Critical Maritime Routes (CMR) programme launched by the European Commission); and (c) the long-term EU response (development and security assistance). This article concludes that the EU has been very active in addressing piracy through its naval task-force to protect maritime transport in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden, as well as its efforts to enhance regional counter-piracy capacities and thematic and geographical financial instruments. The EU thus has taken up the fight against ‘Captain Hook’.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||doi:10.1080/09557571.2012.678295|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations
|Date Deposited:||02 Nov 2012 16:22|
|Last Modified:||16 Oct 2014 11:16|
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